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Achieving these goals requires a combination of factors. These factors include learning to use language effectively, developing the ability to handle quantitative data, understanding our cultural and political history, developing an understanding of a culture and/or a language other than our own, acquiring an appreciation for the creative arts, and understanding the differences between individual and communal needs.
Core requirements, as they are delineated below, will be completed by all undergraduate students. Highly motivated students, who seek especially challenging courses, may wish to apply for admission to the University Honors Program, which offers special honors courses that meet Core requirements. For further information about Honors, see Special Academic Programs.
The University Core Curriculum is divided into the areas described below. Each area has a list of courses approved as satisfying the requirements for that area. For detailed course descriptions, please see the appropriate department in Course Descriptions. Because all approved courses are not offered every semester, students should consult the current Directory of Classes for available Core courses.
|The Individual and Society||3|
|Studies in Race||3|
|Three Additional Writing Courses, as needed||-|
Important Core Policies
Core Course Numbering
The course number provides important information about a course, including whether or not it receives Core credit and, in some cases, which Core requirement it meets. Because some courses exist in several Core versions, or in Core and non-Core versions, students should pay careful attention to course numbers and to which version of a course they take.
Numbers for courses that meet Core requirements begin with the letters "C," "R," "W," or "X." Those prefixes, along with the two-letter Required Course Indicator (RCI), provide information on the Core area a given course will meet.
|C||Satisfies a requirement in one of the Core areas except Studies in Race and Writing-Intensive.|
|R||Satisfies the Studies in Race requirement, and may also fulfill another Core requirement, as indicated in the RCI.|
|W||Satisfies a Writing-Intensive requirement.|
|X||Satisfies a requirement in one of the Core areas, and also satisfies a Writing-Intensive requirement. Courses numbered in the 0090's or 0190's are Honors Core courses.|
|RCI||Course Requirement(s) Fulfilled|
|IA, IB||Intellectual Heritage|
|IN||The Individual and Society|
|QA||Quantitative Reasoning, First Level|
|QB||Quantitative Reasoning, Second Level|
|RC||Studies in Race and Composition|
|RS||Studies in Race|
|SA||Science and Technology, First Level|
|SB||Science and Technology, Second Level|
|WR||Studies in Race and Writing- intensive|
|XA||The Arts, Studies in Race, and Writing-intensive|
|XC||American Culture, Studies in Race, and Writing-intensive|
|XN||The Individual and Society, Studies in Race, and Writing-intensive|
|XS||International Studies, Studies in Race, and Writing-intensive|
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